I saw the tents of Cushan in distress, the dwellings of
Midian in anguish.
Were you angry with the rivers, O LORD ? Was your wrath
against the streams? Did you rage against the sea when you rode with your
horses and your victorious chariots?
You uncovered your bow, you called for many arrows. Selah
You split the earth with rivers; the mountains saw you and
writhed. Torrents of water swept by; the deep roared and lifted its waves on
Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your
flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear.
In wrath you strode through the earth and in anger you
threshed the nations.
You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed
one. You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness, you stripped him from
head to foot. Selah
With his own spear you pierced his head when his warriors
stormed out to scatter us, gloating as though about to devour the wretched who
were in hiding.
You trampled the sea with your horses, churning the great
The ten verses in this section of Habakkuk’s prayer
re-emphasize God’s glory and majesty. The Lord is worthy to be praised. It is a
good thing to praise God. There’s no greater time than the present to praise
- it gives us perspective on who He is and what He has done
- it reminds us of our role in relation to Him (potter/clay, master/servant, Father/children)
- if we don’t, He could ask a few rocks to do the same (Luke 19:40)
- it acknowledges that it’s not really about us as much as we hate to admit it
- it peels away our subtle pride of desiring to be in control
- He's worthy.
Certainly life would go on if we didn’t stop to praise God. But we’d miss out in a big way if we didn’t.